San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2021

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2021

              It’s back: the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and still the largest festival of its kind, has returned after last year’s pandemic-related hiatus.               Well, let’s modify that: it’s back with caveats.  Only ...

The Waves in Quarantine

“The Waves in Quarantine,” Berkeley Rep’s artistic and impressionistic, although somewhat puzzling, series of six linked documentary films, was shot during the pandemic. The project’s foundation is the 1990 musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1931 experimental novel, “The Waves.” ...

God of Vengeance

This remarkable English language presentation of the 1906 Yiddish play, "God of Vengeance" ("Got Fun Nekome")was written by Sholem Asch (1880–1957), the prolific and popular Polish-born fiction writer. Returning after a successful short run in ...

[hieroglyph]

The streaming production of “[hieroglyph]” is the story of a bright, artistic, but traumatized 13-year-old girl, Davis (outstandingly impressive work by Jamella Cross), who had to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While her mother remained in a FEMA ...

Calder-Picasso

San Francisco’s newly re-opened de Young Museum is hosting the first American showing of a major exhibition, “Calder-Picasso.” It’s an exciting view of more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs investigating the surprising affinities between Alexander Calder (American, ...

A Digital Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s rare to see a Balanchine-choreographed story ballet, let alone one featuring a plotline as serpentine as Shakespeare’s impishly comic “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In this interpretation, Shakespeare and Balanchine conspire to lampoon all manner of hierarchy, tasking the prankster ...